TAH Curriculum: How to Organize and Use It In Your Classroom

As special education teachers, we don’t always have much curriculum to fall back on.  As a self-contained teacher myself, I spent countless hours creating and planning outside of my contract time.  That is until I discovered The Autism Helper’s curriculum and resources years ago, I wanted to buy every single thing.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to do that, but I was able to add more and more of TAH curriculum to my library of resources over the years.  

When you start collecting resources to use for your classroom curriculum, finding a way to organize the materials can become overwhelming.  Now, my way isn’t the be-all, end-all, but I have tried some different ways to store my items and this is what I found to work best for my classroom.

 

Organizing TAH Curriculum

Although it is a LOT of paper, I print off all of the levels, store them in a file folder, and place them in a hanging file in my file cabinet.  I label both the file folder and the hanging file to make for easy access to grab and copy when needed.  Most of the time, I try to print all the units for each student at the beginning of the school year.  It saves me so much time during the year by having it set and ready to go.  I store each student’s curriculum in gallon size Ziplock bags, labeled, and keep it all in a basket in their work area for quick and easy access.

 

How I Used TAH Curriculum In My Classroom

Using TAH curriculum is simple and easy to use.  Whether you use it for students who can work on it independently or use it with students during direct instruction time, either way makes for little to no prep time for you.  It is important to individualize the curriculum and how it is presented based on each student’s needs.  Making the necessary modifications within each level to meet your student where they are will ensure student success.  

Independent Work

For students who could complete the worksheets independently, I incorporated the TAH curriculum into their daily independent workbox tasks.  With a structured system in place, this allowed me to check their work later in the day.  If there were any items that they answered incorrectly, the worksheet was reviewed and corrected during their direct instruction time.

 

Direct Instruction (one-on-one with para or teacher)

Another option to incorporate TAH curriculum into your student’s day is during direct instruction.  TAH has done all the work for you and now you get to do what you do best, TEACH!  When you have a structured teaching setting established in your classroom, students have work tubs or folders assigned to them each day during direct instruction time.  This creates routine and once again, little to no prep for the next day.  All you need to do is grab that basket, find the bag with that subject, and place the next sheet in the tub or folder for the next day.   

 

Ashley Linz, M. Ed
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7 Comments

  1. Thank you Ashley ♥️
    Very helpful!

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    • You are welcome!

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  2. I have 13 Life Skill kiddos who vary in levels from non-verbal cannot write their name to street smart with low academics. With their IEP meetings all year and new goals, it has been a constant whirlwind trying to get their materials ready. I’m looking forward to the end of this year and plan on filing my things as you mentioned when school first ends. As one of my students said, behind my desk looks like a tornado. This also has not been much help for my assistants who have used their teaching experience to keep the kids learning – just not on their specific goals. NEXT YEAR WILL BE BETTER!!

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    • That sounds like a really challenging classroom! It sounds like you have a plan which is half the battle!

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    • I love that you are planning for next year already! Good luck!

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    • You are welcome!

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